My blog has literally been taken over by pictures. Between today’s post and yesterday’s post there are over forty pictures! I hope you don’t mind.
Today I wanted to quickly take you back into my office so you can see how it looks now that it’s much less cluttered and taking on a new role.
As I got things cleared out, I realized that all of the walls, even the ones staying the same color, need to be painted. After five years of functioning as a gift shop, the walls are showing some wear. What better time than now to get them all repainted. I’m working on a rough design / color plan. I’m hoping to share that with you on Saturday or Sunday, so stay tuned for that.
I just took these pictures yesterday after setting up my dining room centerpiece, so this is basically how the space looks today. Let me show you around. (If you need a general idea of the layout of the space, you can read this post.)
I’ve always liked the idea of a round entryway table in this space. This is one I had on hand. I’m not sure it will stay here, or if I will find something new, but I really do like a little somethin’-somethin’ here.
The nook to the left of this table is going to become a prop closet. I’m hoping to find some vintage doors to give this a wow factor when you walk in the front door.
Inside the office, I moved a few pieces of furniture around. This vintage wood work bench is staying in roughly the area that it is now. I am hoping to make the top more substantial with a big butcher block countertop. This will extend about a foot over the front of the work bench so I can add some bar stools. It will be my go-to-work space. I hope it also functions well for entertaining as a little buffet or even a table for small get-togethers.
There will be floor-to-ceiling curtain panels. I’m thinking white or something very neutral with a subtle pattern. As I was taking pictures in this space the past week, I had trouble getting the right lighting. I think semi-sheer curtains will help solve that problem.
I may or may not get a rug for this area. I’m still deciding.
On the opposite wall, I want to create a big, pre-Pinterest, push-pin, cork-style inspiration board. I’m thinking something ultra modern. I’m also hoping to use that huge ladder in the space, I just haven’t figured out how or where. For now, the pink dresser will stay.
And did you notice that wheel on the dresser? It’s a vintage game-of-chance. I’ve been on the hunt for one of these for years and finally happened upon one on eBay. It’s in amazing condition and it still works. It was a bit pricey, but worth every penny.
The large round table in the space is currently my desk. (This table used to be my dining room table when I lived in Philadelphia. I had directors chairs around it. If you’re a Will & Grace fan, you’ll know that’s how Will’s dining room table was set up. I always love that.) Anyway, I actually like a round table for a desk, but it really doesn’t work for this area. So I’m hoping to get a new desk at some point. I’m thinking something in the shape of an “L” that would wrap around under the clip boards. I’ll also be on the hunt for a snazzy office chair. I’m thinking the calendar and clip boards will stay.
And even though I tired to stop myself, I did start doing a little accessory shopping. I picked up this Gold Snake Print Embossed Serving Tray. It’s amazeballs.
And you probably won’t be surprised to hear this, but it’s from the Threshold Collection at Target. Please don’t hold my love for this collection against me.
Okay, heading to the back area of the space. This is going to be a little lounge / living room space. The wall to the left will have open bookshelves. Something like these wall-mounted bookcases from CB2. Basically a styler’s dream!
I’m working with a contractor on a fireplace makeover. I’m hoping to make the fireplace function again. It did in a previous life, but never under my ownership. While the contract workers are doing that, the will also replace the tile which has seen better days. They will do the same thing to the fireplace in my little living room directly above this space. This probably won’t happen before the holidays, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed anyway.
There will definitely be a need for a large rug in this area. Plus a couple accent tables, including a coffee table.
Here’s a closer look at the fireplace area. While the mantel facade really isn’t my style, I’m keeping it as is because the detail work on it is gorgeous. I will most likely remove the mirror above and do something different there.
The black cabinet is one of my antique finds. I really like the piece, but it’s pretty roughed up and won’t necessarily fit the color scheme I’m planning. I will however try to make it work. I’m thinking it will hold a TV.
On the opposite wall, there will be a big sectional for lounging. I want something uber comfortable that hold lots of pillows. Curtain panels will flank this window as well.
The fate of the chalkboard wall is still up in the air, but it will most likely be going away. I’m thinking about trying something new. Something fun like I showed you the other day.
And that’s it! Things are looking good, right? Do you see my vision? I plan to patch holes in the wall ASAP and start painting this weekend.
I clearly wasn’t thinking ahead when I had this idea to blog for 31 days straight. It’s definitely going to interfere with my painting progress, but I’m going to figure out a way to make it work.
Now that you know all about my project, what fun design projects are you working on in your spaces?